Friday, July 11, 2008

Faith-Lift Friday(July 11, 2008)

I read this awhile back and wanted to share it here. It is from Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest.


One of God’s Great "Don’ts"

Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil doing —Psalm 37:8

Fretting means getting ourselves "out of joint" mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, "Do not fret," but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him" ( Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. ) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to "rest in the Lord" then? If this "Do not" doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere. This "Do not" must work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our peaceful days, or it will never work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your relationship with God Himself.

Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God.

Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all your opinions and speculations aside and "abide under the shadow of the Almighty" ( Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ). Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about whatever concerns you. All our fretting and worrying is caused by planning without God.

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4 comments:

Sheryl said...

Great post, KC! This verse makes me think of all the times people in the Bible fretted and chose their own solution rather than waiting on God: Abraham, the children of Israel, Saul, and never with good results.
Important life lesson...thanks for sharing!

Tonya said...

The whole grocery shopping with the kids is a new thing as my whole married life 8 1/2 years my hubby and I always went together with all the kids, like you do. I miss that but when he gets home from work at night he is too tired to go with me. He used to work from 2:30pm to 11pm so we shopped in the morning together. But I like the schedule he has now so much better. He is home at night for dinner and bedtime!

Tonya said...

I just read the about you section and I have a boy who turned 3 this May on the 17th though. And you have a 12 year old? You look so young!

annie said...

Great post!